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Hi I'm Leah!

I am a runner and a lover of words. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a missionary for the Church in California. I use Spanish to teach people about Jesus Christ and how families can find eternal happiness through His gospel. The most important people in my life are my family! My brothers and I like to spend time outdoors together, hiking, running, playing frisbee, and biking. My mom and I love to sing and play piano together, and my dad and I enjoy competing against each other in word games. When I return from my mission, I will finish my degree in elementary education. I can't wait to teach children and to help them learn and grow. As I look toward the future, I hope to someday marry a faithful member of the Church in the temple and raise a righteous family.

Why I am a Mormon

I believe that God helps us through trials. My oldest brother Grant passed away in a bicycle accident when I was fourteen. Praying for understanding about this difficult loss helped me to trust that God loves me and my family and that He has a plan for each of us. He has given us temples, where we can make covenants and receive ordinances to live together eternally in families. Because of the promises of the gospel and the witness of the Holy Spirit telling me this is true, I believe I will see Grant again someday. In addition, reading and praying about the Book of Mormon has helped me to develop my testimony that Jesus Christ is the Savior. I know that He is the only one who understands us perfectly because He has suffered for each of our sins. When I study the Book of Mormon, I find answers to my personal questions. I believe that God inspired men to write and translate this book so that people living today could use it as a guide to return to live with Him. Finally, I choose to be a member because I feel peace and joy when I obey God's commandments. I love that we can hear God's word through the prophet, Thomas S. Monson, on how to live as Christians and avoid temptations. The Church provides opportunities us to serve others and thus, serve God! The truth of the gospel is the most important part of my life.

How I live my faith

Before my mission, I served as the first counselor in the presidency of our congregation's women's program. I teach lessons, organize activities, and help each woman to feel welcome and cared for. I have felt God's love for each of them as I visit, share spiritual messages, and serve them. Praying about how to follow God's will each day has helped me to set priorities with my time. As a busy college student before my mission, this was so important! When I put the Lord first by reading scriptures and praying every morning, then everything else falls into place. I am strengthened to accomplish my schoolwork, work hard at my job, and still find time to maintain friendships and serve others. Now as a missionary, I give all my time to studying the scriptures, teaching, and finding people who are interested in learning about the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Who was Joseph Smith?

As a fourteen-year-old boy in 1820, Joseph Smith was living in the midst of religious uproar in New York. Preachers and ministers were persuading people to join their church instead of others, and Joseph did not know how to react. He had been taught to read the Bible with his family, and one day he read James 1:5, "If any of ye lack wisdom, let him ask of God, who giveth to all men liberally and upbraideth not, and it shall be given him." With this advice, he decided to pray and ask God about which Church to join. His answer came in the form of a visit from God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, who taught Joseph that he would serve as a latter-day prophet in restoring the truths that Christian churches had lost or changed since the time of Christ. Joseph was guided by God and worked hard despite the persecution of disbelievers to establish the true Church, bring forth the translation of the Book of Mormon, and spread the message of the gospel through missionary work. He was a prophet just like Moses, Isaiah, and others from the Bible--he received revelation and taught the people God's word. He preached doctrines that our Church believes in today, such as eternal marriage, baptism by immersion, and the Atonement of Christ. His legacy inspires members today to pray and ask God to give them a witness of the truth and to know how to act. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

The purpose of life is to gain experience and to learn. We lived as spirits before we came to earth, knowing that having a body and going through mortal trials and tests of our faith would be the only way to be refined and become like God. We study the life of Jesus Christ to become like Him and do His work. We live in families to practice principles of patience, forgiveness, trust, and charity. We believe that when we make mistakes, we can repent, ask for forgiveness, and be healed through Christ's Atonement. Life on earth is just a brief part of our existence. After we die, we will be judged and rewarded according to our works, by God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ. They love us and will help us to make choices that will guide us to live with Them again someday. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

"Mormon" is a nickname for members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Because we believe in the Book of Mormon, which was named after the compiler of the records, a man who lived in the Americas four hundred years after the coming of Christ, sometimes people call us by this nickname. The Book of Mormon is the cornerstone of our religion. We testify that by reading and praying to ask God for a witness that it is true, that we will know with certainty that the gospel restored by Joseph Smith in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true. The Book of Mormon, which is a record of the ancient inhabitants shows us that God loves His people all over the earth. Show more Show less